Salman being targeted for his celebrity status: Father

Mumbai, Aug 1: Days after Bollywood superstar Salman Khan got into a controversy by opposing the death penalty for 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, his father, veteran writer Salim Khan, dismissing his son’s tweets as “childish and meaningless”, said he was being targeted for his celebrity status which gives accusers more publicity.
Salim says his son was not the only person who had held such a position.
“These things have been said by many people. Salman was not the only one. Probably his way of putting it was little childish and meaningless. First person to condemn it was me. Lots of people like Naseeruddin Shah, Shatrughan Sinha, (Justice) Markandey Katju have said the same thing,” Salim told news channel India Today.
“You get more publicity when you attach Salman because he is a big star,” he added.
Salman, 49, who is out on bail after being sentenced to five years in jail in the 2002 hit-and-run case in May, tweeted on July 25 that Yakub, who was hanged in Nagpur jail on Thursday, should not be punished for his brother Tiger Memon’s crime.